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>> announcer: news 4 midday starts now. >> a story that caught many by surprise. pope benedict will be stepping down at the end of the month. we'll look at what steps will be take en to replace the pontiff. good morning and welcome to news 4 midday. >> it's monday, february 11, 2013. we begin with the developing story from the vatican. pope benedict xvi announced this morning he'll step down as leader of the catholic church. nothing like this happened before in the modern mechanics of the church. angie, two obvious questions. why and what happens next? >> good morning to you. even with the answers we have people remain in shock over this announcement. he also gave his blessing in finding the next leader of the catholic church. leading the prayer this morning at the vatican, pope benedict xvi told a small group he's leaving at the end of the month. in a statement he says his strength due to his age has deteriorated making him unable to fulfill the demands of the position. the vatican said he's not leaving because of difficulties with the papacy. benedict is the first pontiff to
to say thank you and good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> i knew i wanted to come witness it. >> reporter: 20-year-old thadeus howard of georgia brought an american flag. >> i wanted the pope to know he's supported from america. >> reporter: in six different languages benedict addressed the crowd. >> thank you for your prayers and support you have shown me in these days. >> reporter: in german he spoke of his difficult days. in [ speaking spanish spanish he as for himself and the future pope. his retirement creates a situation not seen in the church in centuries. two living popes. john davis who covered the vatican for 30 years says benedict is not a med ler. >> he'll probably ensure whatever he does he would never up stage the next pope. >> reporter: while appreciated today as a holy man, critics say his executive skills fell woefully short. >> there is a need for someone who has managerial skills in terms of running the ship of state. neither john paul ii nor benedict were managers by nature. >> reporter: benedict's failures, made public in documents leaked by his butler last year layin
>>> right now a second service this morning for pope benedict. these are live pictures from the vatican where ash wednesday mass is just beginning. >>> where's the dividing line? some people in our area will see snow tonight. others just rain. tom huron tells you where you'll see what. good morning and welcome to news4 midday. i'm keith russell. >> and i'm barbara harrison. >>> right now no vatican city, pope benedict is presiding over ash wednesday mass, said to be his last public mass with cardinals as pontiff. his ceremony is beginning now with a procession to st. peters villica. the 85-year-old told his audience this morning that he's simply not strong enough physically or spiritually to continue. it's for the good of the church, he said. pope benedict will spend his final day attending a ceremony with those cardinals. >>> now to the rain and snow headed this way. the clouds are already making it very glum outside. what you need to know with the latest storm. >> it's coming from the west. right now the storm team 4 radar showing stri ining sprinkles tr reach the ground.
, the vatican says pope benedict xvi will not participate in the conclave to pick his successor. next month, more than 100 cardinals will meet at the cat v vatican to begin the closed-door ritual to pick. it takes a two-thirds majority to become pope. this morning on the "today" show father robert baron explained what the cardinals will look for when picking a new pope. here's what he had to say about what happens when when they meet to make that choice. >> they're looking for an evangelist. the primary task of the succession to peter is to announce that jesus has ridge from the death. under that rubric, you look at theological acome men, communication skill and knowledge of language. especial after john paul ii it's now taken that the pope should be the master of many languages. >> pope benedict will step down february 28th citing age and health reasons. the vatican says the pope has a pacemaker and its batteries were changed in secret just a few months ago. >>> many people are taking guesses as who will become the new pope. cardinal peter turkson tops it with the odds of first black pope.
:11. coming up, new information released today on what life will be like for pope benedict once he steps down on thursday. >>> plus, during john kerry's first overseas trip as secretary of state, why he says americans have the right to be stupid. stay with us. >>> new this morning, 19 people died in a hot air balloon crash in egypt. that's the word from egyptian leaders. the death toll has fluctuated, though, all morning. egyptian investigators say the balloon caught fire in the final stages of landing and crashed. the victims were from hong kong, japan, britain, france, and belgium. month americans were hurt. egyptian leaders grounded all hot air balloon operations. >>> pope benedict xvi is making some final decisions before stepping down this week. he desided an internal report about leaked papal documents will remain secret. he'll also be known as emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. tomorrow he holds his final general audience in st. peter's squa square. thursday morning he meets with all the cardinals and then takes a helicopter to the papal residence south of rome. he will gre
the allegations in his resignation. new today pope benedict xvi changed the rules allowing the college of cardinals to begin the process to elect a successor sooner than planned. he waiveded the usually 15-day transition period and said the conclave can begin when all the cardinals arrive after he steps down on thursday. the archbishop from washington is already in rome. he will say good-bye to the pope and elect his successor. the cardinal celebrated a mass for the pope at the basilica at the shrine of the immaculate conception in northeast washington. ♪ >> a one of a kind performance at a historic event. psy performed at his native country south korea's inauguration sunday. the inaugural honors the first ever female president. tens of thousands of people filled the streets of seoul, south korea, to witness the historic day. >> i didn't see her join in. >> she just watched psy do his thing. >> one of the hottest things to come out of that country. >> ever. >> as far as music for sure. tom, what's going on with the weather? it's nice and sunny. looks pretty. >> the sun angle getting
're learning new information about pope benedict, the 16th health. the vatican said he hit his head and bled during his trip to mexico last march. the vatican said that accident had no relevant role with his plans to step down at the end of this month. this morning the pope told cardinals he'll be hidden to the world once he steps down february 28th. >> and storm team four meteorologist tom kierein, joins us now to look at our forecast. hey, tom. >> yeah, what a crazy start to the morning with the iciness we had around for the morning commute. fortunately it all melted off by about 9:00. now we've got the bright sun, and got a little bit of snow last night. and that's what students at riverside elementary school in alexandria wanted to know all about. snow, and different types of weather. i visited that school in the mount vernon section of alexandria earlier this week and we are all watching us right now. the second graders, a shout-out to you there at the riverside elementary school. it was a lot of fun talking to all of you. and we had a lot of great information about different types of w
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